Amami Islands are located halfway between Kagoshima and Okinawa. They are made up of eight small inhabited islands: Amami-Oshima, Kakeroma-jima, Uke-jima, Yoro-jima, Kikai-jima, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabu-jima and Yoron.
These islands lie in the northern edge of the subtropical zone, and have rich subtropical forests and nature, which a lot of rare animals and plants inhabit.
In January, 2013, these islands are registered on the World Natural Heritage Tentative List as "Amami・Ryukyu," so the Amami Islands attract much attention now.

Amami-Oshima is the largest island in the Amami Islands, located about 380-450km southwest of Kagoshima. The northern part of Amami-Oshima is flat and there has few mountains.
Beautiful sandy beaches of the coral reef spread out along the coast line.
In the middle and southern parts of Amami-Oshima, subtropical rainforests and mangrove forests provide habitats for many endemic or threatened species, like Amami rabbit.
You can enjoy various types of environments and the diversity of species.
Also Shimauta (traditional Amami folk music) varying from village to village are attractive.

These islands are located south of Amami-Oshima and surrounded by beautiful sea.
Traditional folk cultures such as "The Stone Walls," which are made of corals,or
"Syodon Shibaya," designated as an important intangible culture property are attractive.
Oshima Straits between Amami-Oshima and Kakeroma-jima is a most suitable place for marine sports like diving or sea kayaking.

Kikai-jima is located about 380km south of Kagoshima, on a boundary line between
the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
This island has been formed on the elevated coral reefs, which is still rising 2mm a year in average.
Raised coral reef terrace is 211m above sea level and its ridgeline draws a smooth arc and
stands out in the cobalt blue sea.
You can see butterflies called Ogomadara or Lady of the Southern Island.
Kikai-jima is the northern limit habitat of this butterfly.
Also this island is famous for its agricultural products such as sugarcane and white sesame, the highest amount of which this island produces in Japan.

Tokunoshima is located about 470km south of Kagoshima and situated in the middle of Amami Islands.
This island is famous as "Island of bullfighting," and "Island of longevity." Nowadays it has become famous as "Island blessed with children. "Tokunoshima airport has a nickname of "Tokunoshima airport blessed with children."
In the mountainous area, subtropical forests provide habitats for many rare endemic or threatened species like Amami Rabbit, Tokunoshima Splinter Mouse.

Okinoerabu-jima is located in the sea about 536km south of Kagoshima, 60km north of the main island of Okinawa. This island was formed on the elevated coral reefs.
Agriculture is prosperous.The island is famous as an island of flowers including "Okinoerabu Lilies."
You can watch humpback whales from coastal beaches in winter.
A Limestone caves called "Syouryudou," which was selected one of the "100limestone caves in Japan," is a popular touring spot. Okinoerabu-jima caving. More and more tourists visit this island repeatedly to enjoy these attractions.

Yoron is the southernmost of Amami Islands.
This island was also formed on the elevated coral reefs.
The island is surrounded by barrier coral reefs and along the coast line, there spread out vivid emerald green sea.
The remained site of an old castle and Shimaguchi (Amami dialect), Shimauta (traditional Amami folk music) will remind you of the trace of the period of Ryukyu dynasty. The traditional "Yoron Jyugoya Odori" take places on 15th of March, August, October(on the lunar calendar), and is designated as an important intangible culture property of the nation.